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"Fool’s Fire is the world where theatre meets cinema. It was inspired by those first masters of film, the Lumiere Brothers, Murnau, and Melies, who not only through necessity but also through the love of a magical medium played with the world of reality by transforming it." - Julie Taymor
Originally broadcast on PBS' American Playhouse on March 25, 1992, and never repeated, Fool's Fire tells the story of Hop Frog, (Michael Anderson, "Twin Peaks"). a court jester who plans revenge against the vain and self absorbed Royalty who humiliate his true love, Tripetta, (Mireille Mossé).
Directed by Tony Award,(The Lion King), winner Julie Taymor, (Across the Universe), Fool's Fire is based on the Edgar Allan Poe short story Hop Frog. If features an all dwarf cast and a collection of grotesque puppets, whose appearances mirror their vices.
Most of my friends consider this to be the prime jewel of my extensive VHS tape collection, and most who have seen or heard about this show have been trying in vain to find it since it's sole broadcast.
I did the original rip of this in September, 2003, shortly after I bought my S-Video VCR. It has been available since then on eMule, but to my knowledge, has not been torrented, unless someone made a torrent from my .mpg file.
(this is an excerpt from my rip, done by someone else).
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This film will probably scare small children, and may cause nightmares if you watch it late at night after eating Welsh Rarebit.
The American Playhouse intro and teaser are not included, and there is a slight truncation of the end credits.
The WNED-TV channel 17 PBS logo appears briefly about half an hour into the film.
Various sources list the running time as 53 minutes, but this film's time is approximately 56:03, (about 2 seconds clipped at the end).
There is some hiss to the audio, (to be expected from old VHS tapes), but the sound is clear. There is no colour bleeding whatsover. Some reviewers have expressed distain at the high definition film stock used for the original broadcast, but that won't be the case with this VHS based TV rip. The majority of the film is quite dark, literally and figuratively. This is likely to be the best, (and only), version of this film you will find anywhere.
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